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this morning on "early today," drawing the line, how far should the u.s. go in helping the rebels in libya? cobra in custody, a deadly snake that had escaped from a new york zoo is found. and he's doing what? find out what one tradition prince william will not be find out what one tradition prince william will not be following is. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with to arm or not to arm. is there a fierce debate in washington this morning about whether to supply weapons to
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disorganized rebels in libya who are losing momentum toga definitefy forces. defense secretary roberts gates and joint chooif add miller mullen are forcefully against supplying u.s. arms. the white house has said repeatedly, it has not ruled out arming libya's opposition. libyan state tv is quoting gadhafi saying he is not the one who should resign, but rather the western leaders who have decimated his military. after a former foreign minister and u.n. general assembly president fled tripoli. three weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, there are new sign these morning that japan is facing a long-term nuclear crisis. for the first time, officials have detected radiation exceeding government safety limits underneath the groundwater in the fukushima
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plant. according to officials, drinking water has not been armed. pumps are being air lifted from the u.s. to japan to help cool down reactors. officials say radiation concerns are hampering efforts to recover the bodies of some 1,000 victims of the disaster lying within the leaking plant's evacuation zone. back here at home, federal workers wonder whether a budget stalemate will put them out of work due to shutdown. there are signs of a possible compromise. for more, we go live to tracie potts in washington. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. a hint from republicans that they may be much more flexible than originally thought when it comes to making these big cuts, $61 billion from the budget. house speaker john boehner telling reporters that we can't impose our will on democrats or the white house. he has denied that his party will scale back significantly on those cuts by half, but he did not say they're nonnegotiable.
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he said their goal is to get a budget and not to shut down the government. the republican party split, the republican leadership under pressure from tea party members and activists who have been demonstrating here saying they were sent to washington to make big changes and not to scale back. the new deadline, april 9th. that is the date that the current temporary funding runs out and both sides have been working to come up with a permanent budget for this year as opposed to the yet another extension. democrats say their full list of cuts is not in yet, but they are looking at possibly putting $3 billion from the pentagon. veronica. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. a line of severe weather sweat across florida yesterday. powerful thunderstorms and heavy winds ripped the roof off several homes, flipped small planes and caused severe flooding in some areas. downed power lines left tens of
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thousands without electricity. at least five tornados were confirmed to have touched down across the region. in washington state, four avalanches took over portions of the roadway early thursday morning near stevens path. the first snowslide hit highway 2 around 5:00 p.m. and covered all lanes about 15 feet deep. no one was injured. meanwhile, flood warning are in place for several swollen rivers that fell off the swollen cascades after two days of heavy rain. in massachusetts, the snow is piling up in new bedford as residents brace for the brunt of a new stormy working its way off the east coast. some areas reported up to 3 inches of the heavy white stuff, causing forecasters to warn of potential hazards from falling tree lines and power limbs. the great cobra hunt for the bronx zoo has come to an end. the snake was found just a few feet from its enclosure. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill
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karins with the weather channel forecast. all right, bill, how bad is it out there? >> some areas are actually a lot better than expected. other areas, it's a little worse. the storm shifted overnight and that's caused a change in the forecast. the western edge of the storm, not as bad. new jersey, the poconos, county skills, areas around albany and new york, not much issues at all. now the storm looks to be worse for areas around boston, bangor, it's a little worse off the coast. the white on the map here is showing you where we're dealing with the snow. now we have moderate to heavy snow broking ou bangor, some of those areas could get hit with heavy snow. other areas, the forecast looks a lot better. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. baltimore, maryland, maybe a sprinkle or two early today, but that weather system will be clearing out. 50 degrees isn't bad. detroit today, rain and snow showers, not bad, also.
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46. areas of florida really warm along with texas in the 80s. for the first day of april, a little april fools' up there in the northeast. >> i don't even want to talk about miami. 85 degrees? >> much of the country looks better than new england. wall street ends march like a lion, the price of oil roars upwards and one of the most expensive homes in the world? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, the easter bunny's son may get more attention this weekend than his famous father. coming up, opening day in the big leagues and you won't believe what one player said about his injured teammate. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. after weeks of protests, ohio governor john kasich has signed
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a controversial bill into law limiting public bargaining rights for workers. new government workers show highway deaths have fell to the lowest level in 60 years. the transportation department estimates that just under 33,000 people were killed on american roads last year, a figure that is down around 3% from 2009. a federal judge has sentenced two new orleans police officers to lengthy prison terms for killing an unarmed civilian and burning his body in the aftermath of hurricane q+ykykyk. and once england's prince william says i do to fiancee kate middleton at the end of the month, we can confirm he won't wear a wedding ring. while most men in the royal family have worn wedding bands, the house says in this case it
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is a matter of personal preference. >> and now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on prostate cancer doesn't cut the chances of dying of the disease. there was no difference in the rate of death between the men who were periodically examined and those who weren't. for more information on this and other health stories, head to the web and check out the health page online at >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,319 after dropping 30 points thursday. the s&p shed 2 points, but the nasdaq added 4. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 46 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng climbed 274. wall street ended the day mixed
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thursday. but after a tumultuous month, stocks ended the year's first quarter in great shape. the dow had its best start to the year since 1999 rising 6.4% in the first four months. the broader s&p 500 rose 5.4% and the nasdaq just under 5%. stocks swung between small ups and downs thursday as traders eyed the price of oil. it rose $2.45, more than 2%, to settle near $107 a barrel. investors hedge their betts ahead of today's key government report for employment in march. economists suspect the nation add 185,000 jobs last month and that unemployment remained at 8.9%. if so, february and march will mark the best two-month stretch for hiring since the recession began. berkshire hathway's class b shares fell after a the resignation of david sokle,
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reviewed as the likely successor to warren buffett. the world trade organization revealed boeing received at least $5.3 billion in illegal subsidies to develop and build new plans. finally, what house slump? a russian millionaire bought a lavish 25,500 square foot single family mansion in silicone valley for $100 million. one of the largest home sales in u.s. history. wow. the crack of the bat, the flash of the spikes and the smell of the hot dogs on baseball's opening day, including curtis granderson opening the yankees against the tigers. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. updated snow total forecast coming up and also a look at your weekend forecast. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in spoerts, if the weather isn't convincing you it's spring, then the opening day of a baseball season is sure to do it. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning.
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opening day in major league baseball and the san francisco giants began their title defense in los angeles. against the dodgers, giants down one in the eighth. james loney, a double off the wall. in came matt kemp. l.a. with assurance and they would need it. giants got on the board in the ninth. dodgerss held on to win it, 2-1. in the east, curtis granderson came back to haunt his old team, yankees beat the tigers, 6-3. great finish in cincinnati. pete rose in attendance with a stylish jacket. reds down two. hernandez came through in the clutch. walk-off three-run homers. reds won it, 7-6. last year, the braves jason h he yward hit a home run in his first at-bat. this season, a home run in his first at-bat. braves won, 2-1. get out the tape measure, an absolute bomb against the royal,
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angels won it, 4-2. finally, cards and padres, welcome to the team, cameron. stayed that way until the 11th. mavin hit a homer until the niepth. but he hurt himself on the play. they thought it was a knee injury, only to find out otherwise in the postgame show. >> oh, wait. we just got worse that cameron appears to have cramps. you were watching from the bull pen. did you think his ball was going to get out there? >> yeah. we saw the angle. but it's good to know that he has crabs. did i say crabs? >> yeah, he has crabs. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> that is an april fools' joke if i've ever seen one. she is both an old and a
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favorite, she is joining the nbc family. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, what are these kids celebrating? here is a hint. a very sweet victory. you're watching "early today."
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would i be. here is an updated record for new england. maine and new hampshire, you're getting snow. in the boston area, maybe a slushy 2 or 3 inches.
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we've knocked it down for areas of rhode island, new york, new jersey and connecticut is too warm in those areas. albany and new york now only expecting an inch or two. the forecast for the day, many areas of the country warming up beautifully. looking at new record highs from arizona through texas. beautiful weather in the southeast. as we get into your saturday, not too bad. showers around possibly d.c. temperatures are moderating finally. we don't really have any cold air out there. only in the 40s in chicago and minneapolis. i think we'll take it, a nice start to your weekend. if you're watching us on news channel 36 charlotte, north carolina, see imaginative masks worn in new mexico at the minsk museum. that's your "early today" event of the day, veronica. >> that is some mask. did you see that? >> a little scary. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. at the bottom office this weekend, things will be hopping. hop, the seasonal animated half
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life comedy about the easter bunny's rebellious son is expected to blow away the competition with the only real question, can it break $30 million. source code stars jake gyllenhaal as a soldier traveling back in time to prevent a train wreck in chicago. the weekend's other debut is incidious, a horror film about a boy in a coma who becomes possessed. most experts think it will take in around $10 million. finally, good news if you can never get enough betty white. she'll be hosting a new nbc hidden camera show called betty white's off the rocker. white will lead a group of seven senior citizens playing pranks on young people. are you a fan, bill? >> i love it. i'll watch. >> if anybody can do a show like
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that, she can. this comes to us from wcau nbc 10 where in nearby westchester, pennsylvania, kids got a sweet treat for surpassing their goals. students at chester brook academy made human sundaes out of their teachers piling on hot sauce and whipped cream. the unusual the indulgence was a reward for the kids who were challenged to read 1,000 books during march reading month and the kids read a total of 5,000 books. that looks more like 10,000 or 20,000 books. >> can you imagine how much fun that would be? i'd like to do that now. >> to who? >> it's kind of a waste of good ice cream. >> it does look fun. i agree with that. i'm veronica de la cruz, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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a live look outside this morning. clouds, drizzle, a chilly start.
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in the spring, your grass will look great. >> my goodness, i hope you are right. >> i will hope so, too. >> welcome to news 4 today, friday, april 1, april fools' day. a reason to breathe easier when you hit the road this morning. the number of people killed on the highway has fallen to the lowest number in six decades. 32,000 people were killed on u.s. roads last year, down 3% from 2009. transportation officials credited improved seat belt use and crack down on drunk driving. officials updated the progress of six billion dollars in projects.
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the first the lanes that will connect the del us access road. phase one is 25% complete and will open in 2013.


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